To manage Ham Hill effectively we need the valuable assistance and support of practical conservation volunteers to help with all sorts of tasks. No qualifications or experience is necessary; all that is required is enthusiasm, some old clothes, a sense of humour and a willingness to help conserve your local wildlife and heritage.
Our volunteers come up every Wednesday. Work arrangements are very flexible – anyone is welcome to join us as often as they like, whether it is all day or just for an hour. As well as practical volunteering, there are several other volunteering opportunities available, such as helping us to survey wildlife, leading guided walks and talks and helping out with our busy events programme and education sessions.
‘The first mention of volunteering at Ham Hill came during an interesting talk by the rangers at Yeovil and District Natural History Society. With retirement looming, volunteering seemed like a good way to contribute something to the local landscape and enjoy the fresh air, all at the same time.
‘The work over the years has been very varied, from replacing footpath signs, laying water pipes, clearing scrub, pulling up ragwort, building steps, herding sheep and litter picking. The Wednesday groups have a great social atmosphere. The rangers are fun to work with and have made me feel very welcome. Why not come and join us?’ John Day, regular volunteer.
If you would like more information on volunteering at Ham Hill please contact the Ranger’s Office on 01935 823617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Countryside Ranger team also run volunteer days on a Thursday at Yeovil Country Park and on a Friday at Chard Reservoir Local Nature Reserve. Please contact the Ham Hill Office to find out more about volunteering at these sites too.
The Friends of Ham Hill
Ham Hill Country Park has a well-established and extremely valuable ‘Friends’ group that support the work of the rangers by working to conserve, improve and celebrate the Country Park. They help to raise funds for the Country Park, which means that we can provide educational activities for local children, tools for the volunteer group, and to keep the Country Park looking tip top. If you are interested in joining the Friends of Ham Hill group please contact the Ranger’s Office.